Coastal Cleanup Day attracted a large crowd of Petaluma volunteers

September 25, 2012 by  

Approximately 100 Petaluma community members showed up on Saturday, September 15 for the yearly Petaluma Watershed Trash Cleanup. The event, which is held as part of Coastal Cleanup Day, was sponsored by Friends of the Petaluma River and the Southern Sonoma County Resource Conservation District (RCD).

The crowd of volunteers rolled up their sleeves and dug in to retrieve any trash scattered along the coast. Not only is this trash unsightly to the community, it can also be a danger to humans, animals, and marine life. Project coordinator for Southern Sonoma County RCD, Jason Sweeney, stated:

“Volunteers brought back a lot of small items, which is really important to appreciate. The small pieces are a lot of hard work to pick up, but they’re the ones that do the most harm when ingested by wildlife.”

Community efforts and activities such as the Petaluma Watershed Trash Cleanup often make use of flyer printing and poster printing to raise awareness within the community. Such advertisement and notices can help attract citizens to volunteer for such activities. In some instances, brochure printers might even be utilized to help communicate information about the issue and the reason behind the need for volunteers.

Developmental Director Stephanie Bastianon, with Friends of the Petaluma River, expressed her delight to see all of the younger community members, who showed up excited and ready to pitch in with cleanup efforts. A number of Girl Scouts and Brownie troops were present at the volunteer activity and helped rid the Petaluma coastline of more than 729 pounts of recyclable materials and trash.